Fred Niedner Keynotes 2019 Crossings Conference, “When God Is Silent,”

The Crossings model of law/promise theology focuses on our sin as the cause of disruption with God and God’s judgment on us. But what if the disruption is not the result of our misdeeds and misplaced faith? Does the Crossings model apply when we are driven to the depths by the devastating illness of a child, or racial prejudice, or …

Peg Schauer: A Crossings Case Study

Peggy Schauer says her seminary education began at the kitchen table with her father as her teacher. He was a student at an Episcopal seminary before circumstances took him a different direction. Her theological education continued under the tutelage of J.S. Bach whom she calls “my favorite theologian.” A bassoonist, she earned a degree in music education from Baldwin-Wallace University …

A Crossings Love Story

The Hallmark Channel would like to get its hands on Stefan and Cindy Munker’s love story for one of its movies. Stefan, a native of Fuerth, Germany, was a theology student at the University of Munich when he left to study for a year at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA (now United Seminary) as part of an exchange …

Pentecost is for Preaching: Part 2

Preaching is not unlike the courtroom drama Jesus faced before Pilate. The audience we face is no less cynical. Jesus, testifying to his kingship, said, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate answered with post-modern cynicism, “What is truth?” Pilate was schooled in the real politic of empire in which, might not only makes right, but …

Co-Executive Directors Announcement

  Meet Candice Wassell and Sherman Lee, the new Co-EDs of The Crossings Community. In this case, Co-ED means Co-Executive Director. They were appointed by the board at its January meeting to share this part-time position. They began work officially on March 1, 2018. Sherman is an adult convert to Christianity. A software engineer, working for a large brokerage firm …

Peter Keyel on the Usefulness of Superhero Movies

Colleagues, I learned early this morning that a pathophobic phillumenist is a matchbook collector who is scared to death of getting sick. While I can’t suppose the rest of you were aching to know this too, still, there it is. The source of this revelation was the daily note I get from Anu Garg’s team at wordsmith.org. I’ve been ignoring …

The Use of Romans 13

Colleagues, I have opined a few times, most recently three weeks ago, that I find ungodliness ensconced in the Oval Office these days. On each occasion I’ve gotten a rebuking counter-response from one or more readers. Hence this bit of essential introduction: Our vocation as citizens with opinions to vent and votes to cast entails a peril that no one …

Two Takes on God’s Unfolding Apocalypse, American Style

Colleagues, A week ago yesterday I trotted a class through the Book of Revelation in an hour and a half. I felt like an insect must when it tries to comprehend a ten-acre pond by touching down on the surface in a few places here and there. May it be that the folks in attendance went their way with at …